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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 15, 2011 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Ray Charles Fan?

I wrote this review two weeks ago over at TA. This session just gets better and better each time I listen to it. Amazing, really when you think about it - The depth of his talent I mean. I know there are a few of you jazz fans out there, so please accept this one of a kind recommendation as it will surely brighten up your day. Cheers!



Ray Charles/Milt Jackson
Soul Brothers Soul Meeting.

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Rarely have I come across an album that so immediately took my interest. I was meandering along information superhighway on Friday and stumbled across this one of a kind record. This one is actually an out of print import that contains every bit of the session that took place in 1957 with RayRay and Bags playing together for the first time. I have always been a Ray Charles fan, but I have never heard him play like this before. This somewhat subdued, incredibly soulful session is done in the classic Bop style with accents all over the place. I love this record from the first time I heard it on Saturday morning. I got up and put this record and coffee on, and by the time my wife and I had finished our first cup we were both already commenting about the incredibly cool feeling of this session. Its warm and hip, and it just makes you want to move. Ray was only 27 when he made this, and Bags was 35. The cool thing is that Ray also plays alto sax very well, as well as switching between piano and electric piano. A musicians musician right here. Playing a top notch session, with much more experienced professionals, which was more than twice as long as a usual session from the time. That tells me they were having a great time. Another odd little nugget is that a very young, 26 year old Kenny Burrell is featured here pre Blue Note. He has no problem working with these guys, and his soloing is tight and funky as usual. This album has a boatload of swagger and the uniqueness to make it really something special. Pieces of this album were originally released in 1958 as Atlantic 1279 simply titled Soul Brothers.



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It was much later re-released as Soul Brothers Soul Session as an double CD import which is now out of print. This session has down home sound with a sophisticated groove. It swings and shows Ray and Bags’ already superb feel for music, exploring all aspects of the compositions, many of which were written by Ray. I cannot say enough about this incredible record. This is one Atlantic session that rivals anything Lion or Van Gelder ever put together in all the years at Blue Note. Serious history right here, recorded only 18 months before The Genius of Ray Charles. This is one of the coolest records you will ever hear.

1."How Long Blues" (Carr) – 9:16
2."Cosmic Ray" – 5:23
3."The Genius After Hours" – 5:24
4."Charlesville" – 4:55
5."Bags Of Blues" (Jackson) – 8:50
6."'Deed I Do" (Hirsch, Rose) – 5:50
7."Blue Funk" – 8:05

1."Soul Brothers" (Jones) – 9:34
2."Bag's Guitar Blues" (Jackson) – 6:27
3."Soul Meeting" (Jackson) – 6:04
4."Hallelujah, I Love Her" So – 5:29
5."Blue Genius" – 6:40
6."X-Ray Blues" – 8:10
7."Love On My Mind" – 3:45




Ray Charles – piano, electric piano, alto saxophone
Milt Jackson – piano, vibraphone
Billy Mitchell – tenor saxophone
Connie Kay – drums
Oscar Pettiford – bass
Kenny Burrell – guitar
Skeeter best - guitar




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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 15, 2011 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

Fuck yeah ! GREAT albums, and almost unknown .

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Poster: utopian Date: Dec 15, 2011 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

is it me or does milt look more blind that ray charles?

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 16, 2011 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

Bags definately looks challenged there - In what way Im not sure..

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 15, 2011 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

Looks like I know what I'll be getting myself for xmas this year. Great write up, thank you. Ray Charles and Milt Jackson is quite the duo.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 16, 2011 5:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

Thanks - and you will not be disappointed. I spent the better part of the last 4 years collecting/completing Blue Note 1500 and 4000 series. Out of those 535 titles, this is every bit as good as any of them. Im just now going through the Impulse and Atlantic stuff from the same period(52-66 primarily). Incredible stuff there too. I am easily as OCD about Jazz as I am about GD. It truly never ends.

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 16, 2011 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

I did some searching at my libraries and put a hold on:
"Pure genius [sound recording] : the complete Atlantic recordings (1952-1959) / Ray Charles"

It has the entire two disc set on it. I'm number 8 on the hold list so it may be a month or two before I get to listen to it. Sounds like it's worth the wait.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 15, 2011 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

Great post. As it happens, I saw both Ray Charles and Milt Jackson on separate "Parents' Weekend" shows when I was in college. MJQ was by far the better show. Ray was pretty old by then, and most of the show was his big band playing without him.

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Poster: utopian Date: Dec 15, 2011 9:40am
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I saw ray Charles in 1984 at the Mann Music center outside of phili. He played after bb king, who the ladies seemed to swoon for.

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Listening to the album with milt now

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 15, 2011 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ray Charles Fan?

Thank-you Skobud!